Pole Sitter Vettel Says ‘I could have been even faster’ in Qualifying

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Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix for 50th career victory

Today's race also marks his 50th win of his career and he also takes back the Formula One championship lead from Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton who finished the race in 5th place. A fifth-place finish was a huge blow to the British driver in the title fight. But the number that will matter to Vettel is the one-point advantage he leaves Canada with.

Toto Wolff says the Canadian GP weekend serves as a "major wake-up call" to Mercedes to get to grips with the "new reality" of F1's expanded battle for honours. "We did not really change a lot initially and that's always a good sign and gives you hope", said Verstappen.

The race was deservedly Vettel's. Leading from the off, he proceeded to put in a series of exemplary laps to open up a gap to Bottas and had more than four seconds on the Finn by lap 13.

"It will be interesting to see how it does in the start of the race, especially because Red Bull will start on the hypersoft". The Spaniard was forced out with engine trouble after 42 laps. "Normally on some tracks we were dominant and others we struggled, but somehow this year the margins have become so tight that if you look at the fastest laps of the race it's five cars within a tenth". 'I will never do that because it has brought me to where I am right now, and after the race it is not the right time to talk.

Montreal had been a Mercedes stronghold in the current hybrid engine era but Wolff accepts Ferrari simply had a "stronger car" this weekend and that past success counts for little this season.

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Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the standings after six races and will be determined not to allow him to cut substantially into that cushion.

This was far from the Mercedes' man's day, however, as the reigning champion, who qualified fourth, lost a spot to Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo following a pit stop inside the opening third of the race. "I think it's the right choice for our auto".

There was joy for both Force India drivers, though, as they both made it to Q3 for the second race running, so Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez will start either side of ninth-placed Carlos Sainz.

The third and only other retirement was a gutted Ferdinand Alonso when the McLaren driver had to take his vehicle back to the box in his 300th grand prix race after racing so very well.

The second 15-minute qualifying dropped McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, Sauber's Charles Leclerc, Toro Rossi's Brendon Hartley and Kevin Magnussen of Haas.

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